If this post is bad I'm blaming on the fact that it's 76 degrees outside today and I was ready to get out and enjoy it.
I'll get right to the good stuff.
Last night at The Rock we turned a corner in our series "Living Clean in a Dirty World." We've been dealing with questions and issues our students are facing...they actually wrote out questions and issues they're facing. We want to lead them to Scripture which provides answers. We also wanted to equip them in how to deal with these things internally.
Last night we turned the corner from internal to external. Many of our students have friends who are in the middle of things/issues and need help. We want to teach our students that loving your neighbor as yourself calls for us to fight for them. We want to be James 5:20 people. But how? How close to the fire do I get without actually being consumed myself? How do I go about fighting for my friend without falling into this sin myself? We provided a list of 6 things that will help us as we walk into these situations.
1. Have an answer - Know what the Bible says and where you stand. (truth)
2. Have Love - be compassionate and loving towards them. (grace)
3. Have community - a place where you belong....a place to retreat...common unity
4. Have Courage/Boldness - to stand alone. (But with Christ even when we stand alone we're never really standing alone. He is with us!
5. Have a standard - a line in the sand...a belief you will not back down on. God's Word.
6. Have Time - don't give up....you can always pray.
These are helpful as we seek to help those that are wandering from the truth. Things that will ensure we too are not swept into the fire. Great for our students with questions and great for us as leaders/parents dealing with the same stuff.
DNOW - March 3-5
DNOW is next weekend and we are all set. We do have a few needs here and there. Host homes are always a potential need. So if you have home and you are willing to open it to some students and leaders please let me know!
As of now the sign up is over. It's hard enough finding places to stay for our students...even harder as we begin to divide them up and find homes that will accommodate all the requests, expectations, "demands", and needs. We may or may not have space for late sign ups....your best bet is to email or text me and let me see what we have for that specific grade/gender.
MONEY IS DUE by next Wednesday so do your best to get that in by then.
Have a great weekend and get outside to enjoy the weather!
Good morning! Want to get to everything quickly to make up for my long post last week.
So here ya go.
We discussed the elephant in the room last night at The Rock. Personally I think many of the topics we've discussed have been these type issues. Issues that students are curious about but only seem to ask when it's discreet. They want answers but are a little scared, ashamed to ask. They want help. On the other side we find adults, leaders and possibly parents who are also wanting to talk about it but maybe unsure how to have the discussion.
So last night we looked at God's plan for sex in hopes of gaining wisdom and also a challenge as we seek to live clean in a dirty world.
There were some great statements made last night...much of which were taken from an article done by Randy Alcorn. I'd encourage you to read it.
As we learned last night sexual immorality is not just a danger for dating couples...it's a wide ranging audience. So here's another link to help with these many different areas.
My talking points for the Middle School group are below but here are some of my favorite one liners from the night:
Things coming up....
I think that's it for now.....have a great long weekend, get some rest and get ready for the warm weather season!
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Last Night and Next Week (Sexual Sins)
We have been answering questions asked by our students. They've been really good questions and give us an indication of what's going through the heads of our students. With so many questions we've not been able to go into great depths with each question but we have been very up front and to the point with responses. We also have led them down the right path to continue to dig on their own.
We started a few weeks ago with the more innocent questions and have eased our way into some of the more sensitive, real life situations. From sharing the gospel to doing a daily devotion to self worth and even respecting parents and decisions we have had an array of questions.
Last night we moved into temptation type issues.....How do we say weed (pot) is not ok? What about alcohol? What can we do about addiction? Help with Phone Use. These are real questions and real problems today. We, the church, must have an answer.....we do. But we, the church, must be willing to discuss these things.
We know our students have questions....if we are not willing to address them to whom should, or will, they go? The Bible says to study to prove yourself and to give an answer of the hope that is in you. I also believe this lends us to be able to disprove things as well. We must know right from wrong...we must know God's standard and plan and purpose for our lives. The Bible has the answers....we must be willing to dig and find them. We hope to do just that as we answer questions students have. But we also must accept God's Word as truth!
Great Resources for some current issues:
(we gave these to your students but want to pass them along to you as well.)
Next week will be a great night but a sensitive night. We will be addressing Sexual Sins. First thought most will have is this night will be discussing Sex in general. We will but in terms of how it relates to things our students are facing.
Homosexuality, Same Sex Marriage, Pre-Martial Sex, How far is too far? How do I handle guys being sexual by touch or words? Porn addiction. These are real issues our students are confronted with daily. In the same way people are cussing around them, inviting them to go a way you as a parent do not want them to go, our students our faced with multiple issues. We want to give them a comprehensive answer. By that I mean we want them to know that while we're surrounded by darkness we are to be the light. We want them to know that while we seem trapped in a dark place personally there is hope and a way out. There is a way that seems right to man....this way leads to death (Proverbs 14:12). Ignorance is the first step many take towards death.....we seek to provide wisdom....or at least lead them to the place all wisdom is found, The Bible.
Next week will not be a "birds and bees" talk but we will discuss God's plan for sex being between a man and a woman who are married. This is God's standard. Any thought or action outside of this is wrong. We will also address that a sin in this category does not always mean two people. Our minds, thinking, phones, what we allow inside our minds, and attitudes can be the starting point to a lifestyle that ultimately leads to the end....actual sex outside of God's plan. This is sin.
We want to be clean.....we want to live clean in a dirty world. Purity and Godliness are the goal....but why? We want to go beyond....don't have sex.....and explain why this standard is to be kept. There are obvious reasons....STD's and pregnancy. But there are bigger reasons.....holiness, purity, and Christlikeness. We want to please God with our lives....so we also want to please Him in our answers to questions of this nature.
So....with all that said please call, email or text any questions or concerns you may have.
We will be dividing our students out into two groups, Middle School and High School. The content will be slightly different to address the concerns of each group. I will be more than happy to explain the details to you personally but hopefully the above explains everything fairly well.
Below are some pictures of stats that will only help us see the need for this topic to be discussed. The research in full can be found at Barna Research.
We hope your student will grow in wisdom next week and see the danger of sexual sin and the wide nature of such a devastating, yet beautiful gift from God. We can accept God's standard for sex and every other thing in life or we can trade it in for a cheap imitation. We can enjoy the eternal or settle for temporary.
This is a long message but we wanted to make you fully aware of our topic next week and also give you a glimpse into how we would be approaching it.
Why a blog?
A great way for parents and ministry to connect and continue the conversation of what's going on at The Rock.